Parting Stone

A Clean Alternative to Cremated Remains.

Solidified remains are a complete alternative to cremated remains that allow you to live comfortably with your departed. The solidification process compresses conventional cremated remains into a beautiful collection of 40-80+ “stones” that you can hold, share, scatter, and travel with.

The appearance of each collection of solidified remains is 100% natural. People can result in different hues and textures making each set unique. Parting Stone empowers families in their grief by providing a form of remains that can be touched and held.

Call or email us for additional information about this service.

At-need Arrangements

At the time of your arrangement, you may choose to have your loved one returned either as cremated remains or solidified remains.

Pre-need Arrangements

If you would like to update your pre-need plan to include solidified remains, please contact us by email or phone and we will update your arrangement.

Solidification of remains at-home

If you currently have the cremated remains of your loved one at home and want to have them solidified, you may place your order here.


How many "stones" is an average person?

The average person is 40-80+ stones. The exact number of stones returned depends on the volume of remains provided. A good rule of thumb is that we will return a similar volume of solidified remains’ stones as the volume of ashes that we receive. In other words, 1 quart of ashes will return about 1 quart of stones.

Can I get a specific number of stones?

No, each person’s remains are the unique result of our solidification process. The number, shape, color, and size of the stones vary from person to person.We cannot accommodate any customization requests.

How long does the solidification process take?

The solidification lead time varies depending on our current order volume. For new orders, our current estimated wait time to begin the process is 2 weeks and our current estimated completion date for orders placed today is 56 days. We recommend placing your order as soon as possible to reserve your spot in line.

We always prioritize the safekeeping of the decedents in our care over speed.

Can you solidify water cremation remains into stones?

Yes. We accept alkaline hydrolysis remains, also known as “water cremation” or “Aquamation,” for both pets and people. Please indicate in your order notes if your loved one or pet’s disposition method was alkaline hydrolysis.

How are Parting Stone solidified remains made?

  1. We mail a collection kit to retrieve 100% of your loved one’s cremated remains.
  2. We remove impurities like metals and implants.
  3. The ash is turned into a clay-like material, and the stones are formed.
  4. The remains are heated in a kiln, solidifying the ashes into stones.
  5. Finished solidified remains are polished and returned home.

Can I scatter the solidified remains?

Yes! Solidified remains are perfect for scattering comfortably without the mess of conventional ashes.

Will Parting Stone solidified remains dissolve in water?

No, solidified remains are similar to ceramic, and they will not dissolve in water. The stones are perfect for memorial gardens or scattering.

How much cremated remains is needed to turn ashes into stones?

Solidified remains are a complete alternative to conventional ash and we encourage families to send the full amount of remains available. We need a minimum of ¼ cup of ash for the solidification process.


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